If you’re willing to fully commit to it, calorie counting is a highly effective fat loss tool. It’s arguably the most reliable way to consistently eat in a calorie deficit (burn more calories than you take in).
I need to get one thing out of the way. Technically, there’s no such thing as “toning.” Muscle tone has to do with passive muscular activity. But since that’s the science-based definition, and we’re not scientists, who cares? When I say “toned,” you know what I mean.